“King of Pop Michael Jackson has died from suspected cardiac arrest,” the DJ said. I couldn’t believe this, really I couldn’t. When I heard the news today that Golden Angel, Farrah Fawcett died after a long battle with cancer I was saddened and yes I believed the DJ that she had died. I mean this beloved actress, aged 62, had battled cancer for two-and-a-half years and this had been in the news and tabloid media since at least October 2006. Speculation that Fawcett's death was close at hand further mounted after veteran television interviewer Barbara Walters said the actress had been given her last rites. So yes her death was expected and once again I believed it when I first heard it.
However, when I heard that “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson had died from suspected cardiac arrest, I just didn't believe it. I immediately thought that this was nothing more than a hoax. “It was a mistake radio DJ,” I said to myself. I mean this couldn't possibly be true. I just couldn't believe it and I'm still not believing it. It must be a hoax! No matter how many times I heard that Michael Jackson had died I still said that this must be some kind of hoax. I kept saying to myself that this was just another spoof but sadly not. What a downer!!!!! It really is sad as Michael Jackson was on his way back to prove that he was still a superstar and aimed to pay back some massive debt.
Michael Jackson the Fashion Icon
Not only was Michael Jackson a musical genius, he was also a fashion and style icon. He set himself apart from most other musical artists with his tremendous talent, but also his unique sense of style. Remember the one silver glove that Michael Jackson wore while performing "Billie Jean" during his "30th Anniversary Celebration? What about his military inspired suits and badges, and the white ankle socks? Then there was Michael’s iconic red leather Thriller jacket and tight fitting parachute pants. Oh and the black loafers and fedora hat while moonwalking. What about the mirrored aviator sunglasses. It just goes on and on doesn’t it?And what about the famous pajama bottoms, brightly colored vests and armbands that Michael Jackson wore while attending court? He just stuck to his individual style regardless of the situation that he was in and that’s an important style lesson we can all learn from Michael Jackson. What a superstar hey!!!
Michael Jackson re-invented his look so often and was everywhere on the runway and repeatedly idolized on talent shows and on the streets. He influenced an entire generation with his cutting edge fashion and style. Undeniably Michael Jackson was as much a fashion icon as he was a musical genius.
Tributes to Michael Jackson Pour In
In it’s comments on the passing of Michael Jackson Sony said:
NEW YORK, NY – June 25, 2009 – Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.
Commenting on his passing, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation, said: "Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work. The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him."
Michael Jackson was without doubt one of the most talented superstars in the history of music. An amazing talent that comes along but once in a lifetime. Sony’s tribute goes on to say:
Five of Jackson's solo albums – "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic Records, a Sony Music label – are among the top-sellers of all time. During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.
Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.
Goodbye, Michael Jackson, Goodbye!
After being up all night I will eventually get some sleep and wouldn’t it be nice to wake up that this was all just one horrible bad dream.
What a sad day yesterday, June 25, 2009 was. Michael Jackson dead at 50 and Farrah Fawcett dead at 62. Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson you are both in a better place now, RIP. Michael “just call my name and I’ll be there.” We will all miss you greatly. Bye for now!